Tuesday, February 9, 2010


By D.E.Levine

Director: Pierre Morel
Writers: Adi Hasak (screenplay) and Luc Besson (story)
Cast: John Travolta, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Kasia Smutniak, Richard Durden, Yin Bing, Amber Rose Revah, Eric Godson, Francois Bredon, Chems Dahmani, Sami Darr et al.
Producers: Luc Besson, India Osborne and Pierre-Ange Le Pogam
Executive Producer: Virginia Silla
Co-Executive Producers: Anson Downs and Linda R. Favila
Original Music: David Buckley
Running Time: 93 Minutes
Country of Origin: France
Language: English, French
Genre: Action, Thriller, Comedy

Based on the last few films John Travolta made I wasn't looking forward to screening From Paris With Love.

Amazingly, I found it to be really entertaining, humorous and extremely fast-paced.

Travolta plays another oddball character. Here he's playing against Rhys Meyers' character James Reece, the straight-laced assistant to the United States Ambassador to France who occasionally handles clandestine jobs for the CIA.

Assigned to partner with Charlie Wax, a CIA operative who has a rather unique way of handling things, Reece is exposed to a different way of doing business.

Wax functions by flouting all the rules, carrying his own arsenal and killing liberally and with glee whenever he thinks necessary. Reese is a strict "by the book" player who likes to think things out carefully and not make waves.

In reality, during this quick action played against the background of Paris, Travolta creates ongoing mayhem while Reece is somewhat unbelievable due to a bad American accent.

But nobody really cares. The film is action-packed and entertaining. If it's lacking in character development it doesn't really matter because it keeps the viewers attention, doesn't tax the brain and is, after all, slated for February release.